Science, Tech, Math › Math What Does Average Mean in Math? Share Flipboard Email Print Nicholas Prylutskyy /EyeEm/Getty Images Science, Tech, Math Math Tutorials Geometry Arithmetic Pre Algebra & Algebra Statistics Exponential Decay Functions Worksheets By Grade Resources View More By Deb Russell Math Expert Deb Russell is a school principal and teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching mathematics at all levels. our editorial process Deb Russell Updated September 25, 2018 Average is a term that is used, mis-used and often overused. Typically, many individuals refer to average when they really mean the arithmetic average (mean). Average can mean the mean, the median, and the mode, it can refer to a geometric mean and weighted averages. Although most people use the term average for this type of calculation: Four tests results: 15, 18, 22, 20The sum is: 75Divide 75 by 4: 18.75The 'Mean' (Average) is 18.75(Often rounded to 19) The truth of the matter is that the above calculation is considered the arithmetic mean, or often referred to as the mean average.